Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011: Frito Chili Pie Recipe

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What do you do for dinner on those busy summer nights when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen or spend a lot of time preparing a big meal? One of our favorites is Frito chili pie. It can be made into a large casserole or single serving sizes, depending on how many people you have to feed. This is also a great camping meal because it takes few ingredients and they are easy to transport.

BTW, I've been eating these for as long as I can remember but I guess it's more of a regional dish. They are served at Sonic Drive Ins throughout the Southwest so if you find yourself in the area, give it a try!
Frito chili pie before cooking in the microwave to melt the cheese (I like lots of onions!).

Frito Chili Pie

1 bag Frito’s corn chips
2 cans chili (or equal amount of homemade chili)
6 – 8 ounces shredded cheese
½ onion, finely chopped
Jalapenos, salsa, cilantro sprigs for garnish, optional

In a casserole dish or small bowl, layer corn chips. Top with cheese and microwave or heat casserole in oven at 350 degrees for about 20 – 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly. Top with chopped onions and garnish.

My husband used to eat these when he was growing up but they were served right in the Frito bag. Just take a single serving size bag of Fritos and slit it lengthwise. Pour hot chili over the chips and top with cheese and onions for a (nearly) instant meal.

Tip: I always freeze any leftover chili I make just for this purpose!


  1. Chili recipe is my favourite because i love spicy food. when my mum prepare it for me its value increases.

  2. Really looking delicious and yummy this dish with chili . Even my all friends love it. i'll definitely recommend this site to my friends and i have also bookmarked it.